The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the third attempt this year by Michigan to battle the possibility of Asian Carp getting into Lake Michigan and decimating both the fishing industry and the native ecosystem. Earlier this year Michigan’s suits against Illinois with the backing of Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota also failed. In a nutshell, […]
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How safe is your drinking water? According to the Associated Press, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies have released as much as 271 million pounds of various chemicals legally into waterways that provide drinking water to millions. Chemicals found in urban waters include lithium, nitroglycerin, copper, phenol, hydrogen peroxide, nicotine, and many more. Typically most cities do […]
Residents of New Orleans are suing the US Army Corps of Engineers for failure to properly build and maintain the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet. Hurricane Katrina victims claim the waterway caused environmental damage that caused water to breach the levees. Residents are asking for damages caused by the resulting flooding.
Last week, President Obama marked Earth Day by announcing a new initiative to lease federal waters for the purpose of generating electricity from wind and ocean currents.
Biofuels, especially ethanol, have come under criticism for raising the price of food and contributing to the overuse of antibiotics; however, there is a new concern that biofuel production is negatively impacting regional water supplies. A recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology reports that to produce a gallon of ethanol in some […]
Texas Oil and Gathering Inc., its owner John Kessel, and its operations manager Edgar Pettijohn, plead guilty to conspiracy and violating the Safe Drinking Water Act for illegally dumping refinery wastes at an underground injection well.
The federal government has paid over $687 million in water subsidies to hundreds of California and Arizona farmers over the past two years, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Subsidy payments continue to flow even as municipal water restrictions in both states take effect to address drought conditions and low water levels. The two […]
The Arcata Wastewater Treatment Plant is one of the first and longest-running constructed wetland systems used to treat municipal wastewater.Â Known by locals as the Marsh, the city of Arcata, California’s wastewater treatment facility is comprised of wetland marshes and a wildlife sanctuary.Â The Marsh is an example of this unique community’s commitment to environmental […]